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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:

 

CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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April 18, 2017  

NACTO Practitioner Paper on need for high-quality bike facilities

The National Association of City Transportation Officials released a Practitioners Paper on the need to increase and improve bike facilities to fully realize the benefits of bike share,... Read More About NACTO Practitioner Paper on need for high-quality bike facilities
April 18, 2017  

Safer People, Safer Streets initiative

An article in a recent issue of Federal Highway Administration's magazine, Public Roads, describes "Safer People, Safer Streets," the 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation initiative "aimed... Read More About Safer People, Safer Streets initiative
April 10, 2017  

People for Bikes new technical assistance program

A new project from People for Bikes, called " The Big Jump ," aims to help communities double the number of persons bicycling for transportation and recreation. The Big Jump will partner with... Read More About People for Bikes new technical assistance program
April 10, 2017  

Review and ranking of metro area walkability

A 2016 version of the report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros , identifies Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) in the country's 30 largest metropolitan... Read More About Review and ranking of metro area walkability
April 10, 2017  

Effectiveness Evaluation of a Modified Right‐Turn Lane Design at Intersections

The Illinois Center for Transportation has released a report that discusses a site‐specific effectiveness evaluation of a modified right-turn lane design, and a crash causation analysis of... Read More About Effectiveness Evaluation of a Modified Right‐Turn Lane Design at Intersections
April 3, 2017  

Revenue trends for transportation funding in the Chicago region

As our region's federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is required to release an updated financial plan for transportation... Read More About Revenue trends for transportation funding in the Chicago region
March 29, 2017  

TRB offers recorded presentations on pedestrian behavior at signalized crossings

The Transportation Research Board made available a number of recorded presentations (from March 2016), discussing pedestrian and driver behaviors in relation to various traffic controls at... Read More About TRB offers recorded presentations on pedestrian behavior at signalized crossings
March 29, 2017  

Pilot project for bicyclist detection

NorthfieldNews.com describes the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDot) pilot project testing the effectiveness of new technology to detect bicyclists and actuate signals at... Read More About Pilot project for bicyclist detection
March 21, 2017  

Report examines equity in pedestrian and bicycle planning

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina has produced a white paper entitled, " Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning ." The paper,... Read More About Report examines equity in pedestrian and bicycle planning
March 21, 2017  

FHWA releases idea book for bicycle network mapping

The Federal Highway Administration published an  idea book  for mapping bicycle networks. The resource highlights ways that different communities have mapped their existing and... Read More About FHWA releases idea book for bicycle network mapping
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities…leading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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